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Transfer your energy to the Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA), a growing group of creatives working to establish an educational space in the Providence area for kids ages 11 and up. (That includes adults!) Think sand, sound, sculpture, rainbows, rockets, rivets  — science and nature experienced through the senses. Artful, open-ended exhibits will aim to kindle curiosity and encourage experimentation.

The signs will say: Please Touch.

Last year, RIMOSA got its non-profit status and designed and tested exhibits at Waterfire, Maker Faire and AS220’s Foo Fest. In March, RIMOSA debuts its first major installation, “Metamorphosis: Transfer of Energy,” at Pawtucket’s Slater Mill. To raise money to build and stage the exhibit, RIMOSA holds a Feb. 24 fundraiser from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Slater Mill.

RIMOSA exhibitThe evening promises to be engaging. David Macaulay, RISD graduate, MacArthur Genius, and best-selling illustrator and author of The Way Things Work, will riff on the intersection of science and art. He’ll sign books, too. In keeping with RIMOSA’s interactive ethos, entertainer Marvelous Marvin (a RIMOSA board member) will stroll the mill performing science shorts while Community Music Works provides a classical soundtrack. And, of course, there will be wine to drink, food to nosh, and RIMOSA exhibits to play with.

For more information about RIMOSA, and the evening with David Macaulay, visit

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